Fans frustrated yet again

Last updated : 28 January 2009 By The Chairman
Athletic continued to frustrate their fans with another inept performance in what is turning out to be another up and down season. They promise so much, put in a great performance against a good team, then lose to lowly opposition. That is in no way implying that Scunthorpe are by any way inferior as those that witnessed the last game will attest. In all honesty, Scunthorpe wanted the result more than Oldham did and the long suffering Latics fans had to pay the price yet again.

Manager John Sheridan told Latics World, "The goals were poor on our part and we just didn't react to Scunthorpe's style. I was repeating myself before the game about how they play at a high tempo but we found ourselves with a mountain to climb at two goals down. We huffed and puffed but didn't take care of the ball. Our defending was sloppy at times and we just weren't good enough. Greg Fleming made some good saves for us but we gave the ball away too cheaply and you just can't do that."

"We had a good opportunity through Deane Smalley at the end of the first half and if that had gone in then it could have been a different game. Then we could have had goals in the second half, but it wasn't to be our night and it would have flattered us had we got something out of the game. I have to look at the team away from home. Even if we're doing well and winning at home, I think I need to make some brave decisions regarding personnel for away games. I don't know what the offside was given for because no-one was interfering with play."

It's time that Shez listened to some of the moaning of the fans as they do see the game from a different standpoint. The manager's tactics, in particular his substitutions, are the main criticism of the fans. Many a time, he tries to change things too late in the game and consequently it has little or no effect. Another moot point is the pre-match talk that we just need to concentrate on doing what we do right. It is a necessary for a good mangement team to study the opposition and change the style of play to cause unrest in the opposing camp. This is not being achieved with sufficient success but it appears that the opposition are doing their homework and causing unrest in our camp on too regular a basis. Take note Shez before we have the disappointment of another season in the backwaters of League One.